David McKenna

President, Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit

David McKenna is president of the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit.

David honed his hospitality skills as director of food & beverage at the Rimrock Resort Hotel and director of operations with the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis. David was honored to first join the Pursuit team in 2006 as general manager of the Mount Royal Hotel and in 2008 led the hospitality and attractions team as vice president.

David has played a critical role in projects including the approval and construction of the Glacier Skywalk, the Banff Gondola expansion, as well as the acquisition and integration of the Banff Lake Cruise, Elk & Avenue Hotel and Maligne Lake Tours. David is a dedicated member of the Canadian Tourism and Rocky Mountain communities and serves on the Board of Directors for many groups. In February 2014 David was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada, to act as the Tourism Industry representative for the Canadian Trade Delegation to Mexico.

David brings a new vision centered around experiential product development and integration. David works with many advocacy, industry segment and marketing agencies to achieve multi-dimensional and vertical alignment and increased dialogue that will lead to innovative new service or product delivery models. These innovative and integrated approaches also focus on the core human elements in terms of colleague development, recruitment and greater engagement of the regional First Nations as potential industry partners.

14:45 — Logistically-challenging Projects

Aidan Connell
David McKenna
Marc Pascoli

Theatre – Conference Center 1

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! Get a glimpse on some Canadian projects like the Banff Gondola upper terminal renovation that presented huge challenges and learn what kinds of solutions were used to overcome them.